We’re not sure why, but when we think of riding on an old-fashioned trolley, there's a whole tra, la, la thing that starts running in our heads. Anything old timey (it’s a word) makes us want to sing happy songs.
Case in point: the National Capital Trolley Museum (1313 Bonifant Road, Silver Spring, Md.).
D.C abandoned this unique form of transportation in the '50s, and this museum was built to remember the heritage of interurban railways and to instill a sense of history for future generations.
Exhibits include Conduit Hall, a look at the hardware of a streetcar and the transmission of electricity that powers them. The Streetcar Hall showcases many types of streetcars that were brought in from around the region, as from as far away as Europe. The Main Hall will show you a glimpse of working models in the Chevy Chase regions during the 1930s.
A one-day museum admission with unlimited rides is $7; a museum-only ticket is $4.
Since things tend to be more fun in groups, for $150, a party of up to 45 can get an exclusive streetcar ride on a vintage trolley that will travel through Northwest Branch Park on any weekend, and after, you can bring the party indoors to the party room at the museum.
The National Capital Trolley Museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. every weekend, and on select weekdays in spring and summer. Call 301-384-6088 for detailed info.